Hard Numbers: Musk's Starlink soars over Iran, Peru pinches crooked cops, Whitmer plotter sentenced, Putin cuts the crude
100:Elon Musk says that there are now roughly 100 of his Starlink satellite internet modules operating in Iran. The deployment is part of a US-backed effort to help anti-government protesters there circumvent the Islamic Republic’s internet restrictions. Question: Will Musk eventually ask the Pentagon to pay for the system, as he did in Ukraine?
6: Peruvian authorities arrested six people — at least three of them police generals — as part of a probe into allegations of corruption under former President Pedro Castillo, who was removed last month after attempting to dissolve Congress. Protests continue, with fresh elections now set for 2024.
16: Adam Fox, the man convicted in August of attempting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the plot.
0: Vladimir Putin has signed a decree under which zero Russian oil will flow to countries that joined the G7 and EU agreement on a $60 per barrel price cap for Russian crude. The cap was meant to cripple Putin’s source of funding for his war on Ukraine. Putin’s retaliatory five-month ban goes into effect in February.